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Mindful Minute with Mike: Experts Say Stay Informed, But Not Over Informed

Posted at 11:14 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:56:47-04

TULSA, Okla. — It's day two of Mike working from home, and I'm feeling the pressure.

A lot of folks are doing this and I know a lot of folks want to impress the boss, let them know they are still working hard and carrying their weight, but I have to admit something.

Yesterday, I received 298 emails and that was just until seven o'clock.

And that got me thinking, how can you process all this information that's going around and still stay sane?

I found an expert who told me it's important to stay informed, but not over informed.

"I'm getting new stuff, new stuff, new stuff and it's a little over whelming to keep up with that," said Cathy Olberding, assistant clinical director with Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma. "So, maybe make a routine that at five o'clock, you're going to look at all of this, or 8 o'clock you're going to look at all of this, but not all day long."

Olberding added, "I think one of the best things we can do is remind ourselves what moment we're in. Your mind goes around, and it's a good time for us to stop and say, 'Wait a minute.' For me, it would be 'I'm having all this anxiety. Bad things are out there, but I'm right here. I'm right now in my office. I'm safe. Those things shouldn't make me afraid of this place, because I have support and comfort around me."

Olberding says we tend to live in the next moment worried about what's going to happen. She says we need to stay in "this moment," because you need to think clearly, and you can't think clearly if you're all stressed out.

Reporting from my kitchen table, I'm Mike Brooks. 2 Works for You.

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